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US labels Iran Revolutionary Guard 'terrorist organization'

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization" in a move to increase pressure on the country that could also have significant military, diplomatic and economic implications throughout the Middle East and beyond.

It is the first time that the U.S. has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization. The designation could spark Iranian retaliation as well as potentially open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to U.S. travel bans and possible prosecution.

"This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft," President Donald Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move is part of an effort to put "maximum pressure" on Iran to end its support for terrorist plots and militant activity that destabilizes the Middle East.

The designation blocks any assets that IRGC entities may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars Americans from any transactions with it. When it takes effect next week, it will allow the U.S. to deny entry to people found to have provided the Guard with "material support" or prosecute them for sanctions violations. Those could include European and Asian companies and businesspeople who deal with the Guard's many affiliates.

"It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC," Trump said. "If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism."

Pompeo said the action should serve as a warning to corporate lawyers to ensure any business their companies do in Iran is not with any entity affiliated with the Guard.

The IRGC is a paramilitary organization formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the government. The force answers only to Iran's supreme leader, operates independently of the regular military and has vast economic interests across the country. The U.S. estimates it may control or have a significant influence over up to 50% of the Iranian economy, including non-military sectors like banking and shipping.

The State Department currently designates more than 60 organizations, including as al-Qaida and the Islamic State, Hezbollah and numerous militant Palestinian factions, as "foreign terrorist organizations." But none of them is a state-run military.

Iran threatened to retaliate for the decision, and shortly after it was announced foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on President Hassan Rouhani to include Mideast-based U.S. forces on Iran's own terrorist list, the official IRNA news agency reported. Zarif also sent a protest note over the U.S. designation to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which looks after the U.S. interests in Iran.

In addition to potential retaliation, the designation may also complicate U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. No waivers or exceptions to the sanctions were announced, meaning U.S. troops and diplomats could be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who interact with Guard officials or surrogates.

The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies had raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move did not allow contact with foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel. Those concerns have in part dissuaded previous administrations from taking the step, which has been considered for more than a decade.

The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, and the State Department's counterterrorism coordinator, Nathan Sales, said the decision was reached after consultation with agencies throughout the government but would not say in a news conference if the military or intelligence concerns had been addressed.

"Doing this will not impede our diplomacy," Hook said.

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New state law on child marriage takes effect in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 07:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state marriage law prohibits children under the age of 17 from marrying in Ohio

The Dayton Daily News reports the new law took effect Monday. It raises the minimum marriage age to 18 for both parties, but allows 17-year-olds to marry if they meet certain requirements. They must have juvenile court consent and go through a 14-day waiting period. The law also says the age difference between the parties cannot be more than four years.

The measure was signed into law by former Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 8, shortly before he left office.

Previous state law allowed females to marry at 16 and males to marry at 18. But it also allowed Ohioans younger than those ages to marry if they had judicial and parental consent.

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1 dead after motorcycle collides with truck near Johnstown

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:14

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio (10TV) -- One person is dead following a motorcycle crash near Johnstown.

It happened around 5:40 p.m. on Sunday near the intersection of US 62 and TR 27 in Liberty Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 43-year-old Joseph Moriarty was traveling eastbound on US 62 on a motorcycle, while a pickup truck was traveling the opposite way. Troopers say the truck driver failed to yield while turning left and struck the motorcycle.

Troopers say Moriarty was transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital where he died.

The driver of the truck was treated at the scene.

Police say Moriarty was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Monday's Most Wanted: Justin S. Miller

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:10

COLUMBUS- Franklin County SWAT is asking for help finding a man wanted for drugs and weapons charges.

SWAT is searching for Justin S. Miller, 30. He was last seen in west Columbus near the Hilltop area.

He has been charged with two counts of drug possession and carrying a concealed weapon.

He is described as 5'10" and about 150 lbs.

If you see him, call Franklin County SWAT at 614-545-SWAT

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4 adults, 2 children, shot at baby shower in Chicago

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 05:16

Two gunmen approached a baby shower in Chicago and opened fire Saturday, injuring six people, including two children, authorities said. Local police said the shooters fled the scene on foot and they believe the shooting is possibly gang-related.

Officers responded to the shooting scene around 6:25 p.m. in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood.

"Cooperation has been very limited with detectives and based on victim profiles, we suspect this could have been a possible retaliatory shooting from an earlier incident that stemmed from an ongoing gang conflict in that neighborhood," Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

The injured children were in critical but stable condition, Guglielmi said. "Our prayers are with the two young children that were injured yesterday," he said.

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the shin, and an 8-year-old boy was shot in the chest and back. A 29-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and chest. She was taken to Christ Hospital and is in critical condition, CBS Chicago reported.

A 42-year-old man was shot twice in the hip; a 23-year-old man was shot in the left foot; and a 28-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder.

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Massive python found in South Florida wildlife preserve

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 05:12

OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they've captured the largest python ever found in the park.

Officials discovered the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The python had 73 developing eggs.

Wildlife managers were using male pythons attached with radio transmitters to track down breeding females as they work to remove these invasive snakes.

Big Cypress National Preserve says on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female.

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Ohio, Hungary sign deal pledging economic cooperation

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 05:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio and Hungary have struck up a partnership aimed at strengthening economic, technological and commercial cooperation.

Ohio Development Services Director Lydia Mihalik and Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade, H.E. Péter Szijjártó, recently signed a memorandum of understanding. The document pledges broader economic cooperation between the parties.

Mihalik said the partnership goes beyond trade, which totaled $186 million last year, to shared ideas. Szijjártó said American investors are increasingly important in Hungary's small but "very open" economy.

The leaders say 25 years of cooperation between the Ohio National Guard and the Hungarian Defense Forces laid the groundwork for the deal.

Cleveland is home to one of the largest Hungarian populations in the U.S.

Toledo's Hungarian neighborhood is home to the well-known Tony Packo's Cafe.

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ACM Awards 2019: Full list of winners

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:56

Country music icon Reba McEntire has returned to hosting the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards for the 16th time Sunday night. Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban led in the top categories, but Urban ultimately took home entertainer of the year.

Before Sunday's broadcast, McEntire shared some details about the hosting gig, which she promised would be politics-free.

"We've got to keep it light. We've got to keep it fun. No politics. This is fun. This is entertainment. We are in the entertainment business, and that's what we're going to be doing," she said.

The show also featured memorable performances, including one by "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz who gave her first live TV singing debut.

#ThisIsChrissyMetz: Chills from @ChrissyMetz and her first live TV singing debut on #ACMAwards pic.twitter.com/QlcGByyA9J

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 8, 2019

Here is a list of winners below:

ARTIST OF THE DECADE

THE Artist of the Decade. Jason Aldean! #ACMawards pic.twitter.com/k9D1yfAqTo

— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 8, 2019 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban — WINNER

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves — WINNER
  • Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett — WINNER
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

DUO OF THE YEAR
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay — WINNER
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LoCash
  • Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Lanco
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion — WINNER

SONG OF THE YEAR
  • "Break Up In The End," Cole Swindell
    Songwriters: Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite
  • "Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
  • "Meant To Be," Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
    Songwriters: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha
  • "Space Cowboy," Kacey Musgraves
    Songwriters: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
  • "Tequila," Dan + Shay
    Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers — WINNER
  • "Yours," Russell Dickerson
    Songwriters: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Ashley McBryde — WINNER
  • Carly Pearce

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Luke Combs — WINNER
  • Jordan Davis
  • Michael Ray
  • Mitchell Tenpenny

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • High Valley
  • LANCO — WINNER
  • Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • "Dan + Shay," Dan + Shay
  • "Desperate Man," Eric Church
  • "From A Room Vol. 2," Chris Stapleton
  • "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves — WINNER
  • "The Mountain," Dierks Bentley

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
  • "Down to the Honky Tonk," Jake Owen
  • "Heaven," Kane Brown
  • "Meant To Be," Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
  • "Most People Are Good," Luke Bryan
  • "Tequila," Dan + Shay — WINNER

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
  • "Babe," Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift
  • "Burn Out," Midland
  • "Burning Man," Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
  • "Drunk Girl," Chris Janson — WINNER
  • "Shoot Me Straight," Brothers Osborne
  • "Tequila," Dan + Shay

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • "Burning Man," Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne — WINNER
  • "Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert
  • "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney
  • "Keeping Score," Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson
  • "Meant To Be," Bebe Rexha Featuring Florida Georgia Line

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
  • Ross Copperman
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Shane McAnally — WINNER
  • Chase McGill
  • Josh Osborne
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Man wanted for questioning in home invasion, stolen car case in Pike County

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 03:37

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio-- Police say they are searching for a man wanted for questioning in a home invasion and a stolen vehicle investigation.

Jeremiah Green is accused of breaking into two homes in Pike County in the last couple of days including one that occurred Sunday around 2:00 a.m. He is accused of stealing that home owner's vehicle, wallet, purse and phone, as well as a backpack and some clothes.

Authorities say about 12 hours later Green was spotted breaking into another house on State Route 93.

Police believe Green is still in the vehicle he's accused of stealing, an Acura TSX with an Ohio license plate number HKQ7771. He could be heading north toward Chilliocothe, according to the sheriff's office.

The Pike County Sheriff's Office says the suspect is described as a man standing 5’ 7”, weighing 187 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.

If you know Green's whereabouts or see him, you are asked to call police.

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One killed in fiery crash in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 01:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Police are investigating a crash that currently has a portion of Sullivant Avenue closed.

The crash happened around 2:30 Monday morning on Sullivant Avenue at Catherine Street.

A vehicle hit a pole and caught fire.

Police currently have Sullivant Avenue closed between Martha Avenue and Helen Street.

There is a power outage affecting a handful of customers in that area. AEP has been called to the scene to make repairs to the damaged pole.

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Baylor holds off Notre Dame 82-81 for women's NCAA Championship title

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:15

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Baylor recovered after blowing a 17-point lead and losing a star player, beating Notre Dame 82-81 for the NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when 2018 tournament hero Arike Ogunbowale missed a foul shot in the final seconds.

Chloe Jackson made a layup to put Baylor ahead with 3.9 seconds left. Notre Dame called timeout and inbounded to Ogunbowale, whose buzzer-beating jumper in the championship game lifted Notre Dame to last year's title. Ogunbowale was fouled trying for a layup, then missed the first of two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining. She made the second, but the Irish never got the ball back.

"They just kept doing what we've been taught to do, and that's guard people," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "We just beat the defending national champions. That team is so good, so talented. You're going to see those guys play at the next level. Wow."

The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years. Mulkey and Baylor have won titles in 2005, 2012 and 2019. The 2012 championship game also pitted the Lady Bears against Muffet McGraw's Irish in the last meeting of two female coaches for the title.

Baylor was able to pull off the win without star forward Lauren Cox, who injured her knee in a frightening scene late in the third quarter. The Irish were able to rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to tie it at 78 in the fourth. Jackson then scored a jumper from the foul line, and Jessica Shepard countered with two free throws to tie it, setting up the exciting finish.

"We had to do it for LC," said Jackson, who was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. "She got us here. We had to finish the job for her."

The Lady Bears were primed to run away with the game as Notre Dame struggled to score. But the Irish have a knack for big comebacks, doing it against UConn in this year's semifinal and against Mississippi State in last season's title game, when they rallied from 15 down in the third quarter.

Ogunbowale was instrumental in all those victories, forever becoming a part of the Final Four during last year's title run. She made a shot with one second remaining to beat UConn in the semifinals, then hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to top the Bulldogs in the title game.

Ogunbowale led the charge again Sunday, scoring 17 of her 31 points in the second half. That included a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of the third quarter, sparking an 11-0 Notre Dame run.

It helped the Irish that the Lady Bears had to play the last 11 minutes without Cox. She got tangled up with Kalani Brown on the defensive end and went down clutching her left knee with about a minute to go in the third quarter. The 6-foot-4 junior was crying in agony for a few minutes before they took her off the court in a wheelchair. Her mom was tearing up in the stands, and her dad had his hands over his face.

"I'm emotional for a lot of reasons, but mostly for Lauren Cox, and I'm so happy," Mulkey said. "These are tears of joy, but they're also tears of thinking about injuries."

Cox came back to the bench in the fourth quarter on crutches, with a big brace on her left knee. She was the first one to hold the trophy after the game.

"I'm one of the leaders on the team, so just to have my voice there (on the bench) and tell them I'm still OK, they told me they were going to do this for me," Cox said.

Mulkey was able to celebrate her third title with her family close by. Daughter Makenzie is on the coaching staff, and infant grandson Kannon Reid was sitting in the front row behind the bench. As the final second ticked off, she hugged her daughter and the rest of the staff at midcourt.

With the game tied at 80, Jackson drove with her right hand and hit a layup that bounced off the rim before dropping in.

Sunday's game marked the eighth time in the past 20 years that there have been two women head coaches in the title game but only the second time since 2008. The last time was in 2012 with these same coaches. As of 2018, only 59.5 percent of head coaches in Division I women's basketball are female.

The victory broke a tie for third all-time between Mulkey and McGraw for career NCAA titles. Mulkey has three, placing her behind Geno Auriemma (11) and Pat Summitt (8).

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19-year-old killed in Groveport crash

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 16:55

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Groveport Sunday afternoon.

Amanda Burroughs, 19, was driving a Mercedes SUV when it went off Old Hamilton Road and struck a tree shortly before 1 p.m.

The Canal Winchester woman was transported to Mount Carmel East hospital where she was pronounced dead. Officials say she was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Trump: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving position

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 16:12

President Donald Trump says Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her job amid growing frustration by the administration over the number of southern border crossings.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the acting head of the sprawling department of 240,000 people. McAleenan is a longtime border officer, reflecting Trump's priority for the department initially founded to combat terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks.

....I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019

Nielsen reportedly had a meeting with the president Sunday evening, according to CBS News.

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Ryan Shazier posts video of completing box jump following 2017 spinal injury

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 15:23

Former Ohio State and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier reached a big milestone since his spinal cord injury in December of 2017.

In a post on his Instagram account Sunday, Shazier can be seen completing a box jump with the caption “DEDICATION = HARDWORK + PATIENCE.”

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DEDICATION = HARDWORK + PATIENCE

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In January 2018, Shazier’s father said the player had been making significant progress since his injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery several days after the injury.

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States try to block money from going to Trump's border wall

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 13:36

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 19 other states that are suing President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall have requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday that the group took action to prevent $1.6 billion from being siphoned away from fighting drug trafficking and funding military construction projects.

Becerra says it's important to block the diversion of funds before it happens because it will harder to replace if the money is committed to border wall construction.

The action is part of the states' lawsuit challenging Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The coalition says the declaration was unconstitutional because it bypasses the role of Congress to authorize funding.

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Columbus woman wanted for aggravated vehicular homicide arrested in Florida

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 12:07

A woman wanted in Ohio for aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence following a fatal crash in 2018 has been arrested in Florida.

Heather Lynn Tapia was arrested in Milton, Florida, Saturday and is being held in the Santa Rosa County Jail for charges she faces in Ohio.

In July of 2018, police say Tapia was driving in north Columbus at the intersection of Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue when she crashed, killing her passenger Audrey Gartin. She has eight other prior OVI convictions.

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Player dies in hotel room, 4th round of tournament canceled

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 10:41

SANYA, China (AP) — Officials at the Sanya Championship said Sunday that 28-year-old Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died in his hotel room from "apparent natural causes," and the PGA Tour Series-China canceled the final round of the tournament.

The PGA Tour Series-China said in a statement that Irawan missed the 36-hole cut Friday in the tournament at Sanya Yalong Bay Golf Club. It said the official coroner's report had not been completed.

"The PGA Tour and the China Golf Association grieve at this loss of one of our members and share sincere condolences with Arie's wife, Marina, and his parents, Ahmad and Jeny," the tour said. "When something of this magnitude occurs in the golf world, we all grieve at the same time.

"Out of respect for the family, officials canceled the final round of the Sanya Championship ... it's a true tragedy what has happened. Sometimes, though, things happen in life that are bigger than a sporting event."

The PGA Tour China had an "In Memoriam" photo of Irawan prominently displayed on its website Sunday.

American Trevor Sluman led after 54 holes with an 18-under total of 198 and was declared winner of the tournament. Three Americans — Matt Gilchrest, Max McGreevy and Michael Perras — were tied for second, two strokes behind.

Going into the tournament, Sluman, who finished ninth on the China Tour's 2018 Order of Merit, was seeking his first win in a four-day professional event since graduating from the University of Louisville in 2015.

"My heart goes out to Arie's family and his beautiful wife, Marina," Sluman said. "Along with the rest of the tour, we are thinking about them at this time. It's very bittersweet today, and I think the rest of the year will be dedicated to Arie and the impact he had on this tour."

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Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 09:43

NEW YORK (AP) — As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes : curbing cigarette smoking.

Though there are notable differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, the juxtaposition strikes some as jarring after generations of Americans have gotten the message that smoking endangers their health.

"We're trying to stop people from smoking all kinds of things. Why do you want to legalize marijuana?" a New York City councilman, Republican Peter Koo, asked at a recent city hearing about the state's potential legalization of so-called recreational pot use.

Marijuana advocates say there's no comparison between joints and tobacco cigarettes. A sweeping federal assessment of marijuana research found the lung-health risks of smoking weed appear "relatively small" and "far lower than those of smoking tobacco," the top cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Unlike for cigarettes, there's evidence of certain health benefits from marijuana, such as easing chronic pain. And marijuana can be used without smoking it. Most states now have legal medical pot programs; 10 states and the District of Columbia have approved recreational use.

"They're different products, and they need to be treated differently," says Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

At the same time, studies have shown crossover between marijuana and tobacco use. And while smoking cannabis may be less dangerous than tobacco to lung health, pot doesn't get an entirely clean slate.

Some health officials and anti-smoking activists also worry about inserting legal marijuana into the growing world of vaping, given uncertainties about the smoking alternative's long-term effects.

Here's a look at the issues, science and perspectives:

SMOKING POT VS. TOBACCO

While cigarette smoking is the top risk factor for lung cancer, some of scientific evidence suggests there's no link between marijuana smoking and lung cancer. That's according to a 2017 federal report that rounded up nearly two decades of studies on marijuana, research that's been limited by the federal government's classification of marijuana as a controlled substance like heroin.

While cigarette smoking is a major cause of heart disease, the report concluded it's unclear whether marijuana use is associated with heart attacks or strokes.

But there's strong evidence linking long-term cannabis smoking to worse coughs and more frequent bouts of chronic bronchitis, according to the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The report also looked at other effects, finding a mix of possible risks, upsides and unknowns. For example, the report said marijuana can ease chemotherapy-related nausea and adults' chronic pain but also found evidence the drug is linked to developing schizophrenia and getting in traffic crashes.

In recent weeks, studies have echoed concerns about high-potency pot and psychosis and documented a rise in marijuana-related emergency room visits after legalization in Colorado.

Tobacco and marijuana use can also go together. Blunts — marijuana in a cigar wrapper that includes tobacco leaves — have gained popularity. And studies have found more cigarette smokers have used pot, and the other way around, compared to nonsmokers.

"One substance reinforces the use of the other, and vice versa, which can escalate a path to addiction," says Dr. Sterling McPherson, a University of Washington medical professor studying marijuana and tobacco use among teens.

The National Academies report found pot use likely increases the risk of dependence on other substances, including tobacco.

To some public health officials, it makes sense to legalize marijuana and put some guardrails around it.

"For tobacco, we know that it's inherently dangerous and that there is no safe amount of tobacco to use," says New York City Health Department drug policy analyst Rebecca Giglio. Whereas with marijuana, "we see this as an opportunity to address the harms of criminalization while also regulating cannabis."

But health department opinions vary, even within the same state: New York's Association of County Health Officials opposes legalizing recreational weed.

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SO WHAT ABOUT VAPING?

Vaping — heating a solution into a vapor and inhaling it — has been pitched as a safer alternative to smoking.

Experts have said vaping pot is probably less harmful to the lungs than smoking it, though there's little research on the health effects over time, and they worry about its potency when vaped.

The American Lung Association is concerned that vaping will ultimately prove damaging to lung health and is alarmed about a surge in underage e-cigarette use. And adding legal marijuana to the picture "only makes it a more complicated issue," says Erika Sward, an assistant vice president.

Others, though, think policymakers should view vaping as a relatively safe way to use pot.

"I would say the risks are going to be less with that form of consumption," says Rebecca Haffajee, a University of Michigan health policy professor who co-wrote a 2017 piece calling for recreational marijuana programs to allow only nonsmokable forms of the drug.

Meanwhile, some local governments have adjusted public smoking bans to cover both vaping and pot. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors tweaked its prohibition just last month.

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TWO VIEWS

As a former cigarette smoker, New Yorker Gary Smith is dismayed that his home state might OK smoking pot.

He knows research hasn't tied smoking marijuana to lung cancer, which killed three cigarette smokers in his family and struck him 20 years after he quit; he's been treated. But he fears the respiratory risks of marijuana smoking aren't fully known.

"It's crazy that the government, in order to raise (revenue from) taxes, they're permitting people to suck this stuff into your lungs," says Smith, 78, an accountant from Island Park.

Hawaii physician and state Rep. Richard Creagan feels no less strongly about cigarettes. The ex-smoker and Democrat from Naalehu this year unsuccessfully proposed all but banning them by raising the legal age to 100.

Meanwhile, he'd like Hawaii to legalize recreational marijuana, an idea that fizzled in the state Legislature this year.

Creagan, 73, thinks pot benefits people's well-being more than it risks their health, and he expects non-smoking alternatives will reduce the risks. Plus, he figures legal marijuana could replace cigarette tax revenue someday.

"That coupling," he says, "was sort of in my head."

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Chief of staff says Dems will 'never' see Trump tax returns

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 09:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will "never" see President Donald Trump's tax returns, said White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the administration and Congress.

Mulvaeny accused Democrats of engaging in a "political stunt" and wanting "attention" after the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, asked the IRS to provide six years of Trump's personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses.

"That is not going to happen and they know it," Mulvaney said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday."

Last week, Massachusetts Democrat Neal, one of only three congressional officials authorized to request tax returns, requested Trump's personal and business returns in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. He asked for returns covering 2013 through 2018. He also asked for the documents in seven days, setting an April 10 deadline.

An obscure 1924 statute includes no exceptions to Neal's authority to ask the Treasury Department for returns and says the department "shall furnish" them when requested. It does require that the review of an individual's return be conducted by members of Congress in "closed executive session" if the returns are provided without the taxpayer's consent.

Still, Mulvaney claimed the law provides for lawmakers to review individual tax returns but "political hit job is not one of those reasons." His comments echoed those made by Trump's lawyers who argued the Democratic request "would set a dangerous precedent" if granted.

Trump broke with precedent when he chose not to release any tax returns as a presidential candidate. Mulvaney tried to cast the issue of the president's taxes as old news, saying it was "already litigated during the election" and the American people "elected him anyway."

Trump has said he won't release the information because he is under audit, something he reiterated again Friday while visiting the U.S-Mexico border.

"I'm under audit. When you're under audit you don't do it," Trump said.

IRS officials have said taxpayers under audit are free to release their returns. Trump claimed at a news conference following his election in November 2018 that the filings are too complex for people to understand.

William Consovoy, whose firm was retained by Trump to represent him on the matter, said in a letter Friday to the Department of Treasury's general counsel that the tax code zealously guards taxpayer privacy. He said requests for tax returns "must have a legitimate legislative purpose."

Neal has said he made the request to review the IRS policy of auditing the tax returns of all sitting presidents and vice presidents, saying, "little is known about the effectiveness of this program."

"On behalf of the American people, the Ways and Means Committee must determine if that policy is being followed, and if so, whether these audits are conducted fully and appropriately," Neal said when unveiling his request for Trump's returns.

Categories: Ohio News

Spring hunting season for wild turkeys to begin

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 09:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's spring hunting season for wild turkeys begins this month.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the state is divided into two wild turkey-hunting zones — one in southern Ohio and the other in the northeast part of the state. Hunting in the south zone is permitted April 22 through May 19 with hunting in the northeast zone permitted April 29 through May 26.

State officials the youth wild turkey season for those with valid youth hunting licenses will be April 13-14.

The department's Division of Wildlife estimates about 50,000 licensed hunters will participate in the wild turkey season this spring.

All participating hunters are required to have a hunting license and a spring turkey hunting permit.

Hunters can view the 2019 spring turkey season zone map at wildohio.gov .

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